His Mercies are New Every Morning
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If you are a pastor, missions pastor, or a believer who is interested in your part in Christ’s Great Commission, you will love Mission ConneXion Southwest! This two day event in Phoenix, Arizona on November 5th and 6th, has dozens of insightful workshops that you will benefit from. Find out more here: https://missionconnexion.com/mcsw/.
“Motus Dei: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations” is available for pre-order. Releasing October 19. Order here: https://missionbooks.org/products/motus-dei
You’re invited to the virtual book launch on October 20, 9:00-9:45am Central Time US. Register here https://bit.ly/MotusDei to attend and for a chance to win a free hard copy and a discount code for purchases.
Based on Dr. Burke’s book series, “Serving in Hazardous Places”, GRiT training teaches international workers how to develop Godly Resilience to help them deal with the intense stress of international service. Next on-line class starts Nov 1st. Enter BRIGADA2021 and receive a 25% discount at registration. See https://godlyresilience.com/ for details. Registration is limited.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to send missionaries? Join Team Expansion on October 14th at noon or 7pm EST to hear from their Director of Mobilization on how you can be part of this team.
Register here for noon: https://teamexpansion.org/events/team-spotlight-mobilization/
Register here for 7pm: https://teamexpansion.org/events/team-spotlight-mobilization-2/
It is just over a month until the International Conference on Missions (ICOM) 2021! This year, ICOM is being hosted in Richmond Virginia at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on November 18th – 21st. If you have not registered yet, visit their website here to register: https://theicom.org/register/. For more information on ICOM 2021, check out their information page here: https://theicom.org/conference-details/.
The More Disciples Podcast is all about becoming an effective disciple-maker. Each week new episodes are posted featuring different hosts representing four different organizations. Check out their website for more information: https://moredisciples.com/thepodcast/ and click here to listen to the most recent episode, “Making Disciples Who Hear, Obey, and Share” : https://moredisciples.com/2021/10/s3-episode-6-making-disciples-who-hear-obey-and-share/
Is your soul weary? Is it wounded? Battered? Forgotten? You are not alone in the struggle to serve faithfully without depleting your soul. Join Thrive for a 2-day virtual gathering for women who work cross-culturally on Soul Care. For information, look here: https://thriveministry.org/gatherings/2021/soul-care
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What if we could seek a “return to civility?”
Somewhere along the path to “discussions,” we became all agitated and heated here in North America. As you know, in many lands around the world, we probably prompt a lot of our friends to become very nervous as they hear us argue with one another.
Brigada recently asked for opinions on the IMB decision to require all IMB workers to be vaccinated. (See https://brigada.org/2021/09/26_33265.) This request spawned what is likely the largest string of responses ever in the history of Brigada — since 1995. Most were extremely “civil.” We tip our hats to those who found ways to express their opinions without becoming toxic or overly aggressive. Paul wrote, “”Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:14) The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 establishes the importance of esteeming others higher than ourselves. God COMPELS us to regard others with “agape” love.
So, after reading each of the comments, we conclude – hats off to the Brigada family who could stage such a civil discussion about a topic that has become so polarizing. There were times we wanted to “jump in” and “vet” or “police” answers. Honestly, if we thought we had “absolute knowledge,” we might have done so. But, alas, we don’t. (gasp!) Therefore, we fully believe it is up to ALL of us to fact-check and search for truth for each and every comment we read, both in social media and in Brigada. Agreed?
But – what’s the answer to the question? (“Should the IMB have taken the decision they chose?”) [drum roll] We feel like Brigada’s responsibility is to share information, resources, and trends. [period] We’re not in the business of trying to run your church or organization. But we DO feel like the discussion that has transpired (and is ongoing) has been healthy and civil. And for that, we are extremely thankful.
One thing is for sure: God knows THE best way to beat this pandemic. So we should ALL be praying to Him for wisdom.
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